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Ode on a Grecian Urn

16th April 2021 - 1:00pm

Jacinta McGlynn, our Industry award winning reporter, brings you some of her exploits as a student and more

Jacinta McGlynn, our Industry award winning reporter, brings you some of her exploits as a student and more

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In my halcyon student days, I lived in Greece before I entered the hallowed halls of the travel industry. I first inhabited a cave (really) on the Cycladic island of Syros when my friend and I jumped ship (literally) escaping an over amorous Greek for whom we were distributing political pamphlets. We met him in Athens, assumed the “work” he offered and cleverly thought we’d combine travelling the Greek islands on a lovely yacht with earning money. We learned the few basic words necessary to flog the leaflets: Kalimera (good morning), Nea Democrasia (New Democracy), Efcharisto (thank you) and eekosi drachmaes (20 drachmas). When faced thereafter with screaming locals and a stream of frantic, unintelligible Greek, we jumped ship, headed for the nearest hills and took a rickety bus to the village of Ghalissas. Two beach tavernas, a kindly owner (and village Mayor) and free accommodation (aforementioned cave) kept us there all summer. We were innocent. It was all Greek to me.

 

 

Much later, I worked in Athens in a respectable job (Budget Travel), thus starting my career in the travel business. I have loved Greece ever since. I was thrilled to travel back a few years ago with Sunway in the great company of Eddie, Jeanette, Linda, Hilary and Carmel. Thessaloniki was our destination and the three pronged peninsula of Halkidiki (which means three fingers). Sithonia and Kassandra were sublime, but Mt. Athos was the true icon. We cruised the blue Aegean past magnificent monasteries on rocky slopes, but one particular edifice clinging to a sheer rock face – the one which doesn’t admit women was the highlight. Imagine. A male preserve. Did you ever!

 

 

We had a great Greek Odyssey and Sunway certainly showed us the fingers! This is a truly beautiful part of the world and an area of Greece still pretty unexplored. Of course, this always makes a country more fascinating and, for me, is ever the intrinsic attraction. Let’s hope we can go back again very soon. Travel Trade Together


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Jacinta McGlynn, our Industry award winning reporter, brings you some of her exploits as a student and more
Jacinta McGlynn, our Industry award winning reporter, brings you some of her exploits as a student and more
Jacinta McGlynn, our Industry award winning reporter, brings you some of her exploits as a student and more
Jacinta McGlynn, our Industry award winning reporter, brings you some of her exploits as a student and more
Jacinta McGlynn, our Industry award winning reporter, brings you some of her exploits as a student and more
Jacinta McGlynn, our Industry award winning reporter, brings you some of her exploits as a student and more
Jacinta McGlynn, our Industry award winning reporter, brings you some of her exploits as a student and more
Jacinta McGlynn, our Industry award winning reporter, brings you some of her exploits as a student and more
Jacinta McGlynn, our Industry award winning reporter, brings you some of her exploits as a student and more
Jacinta McGlynn, our Industry award winning reporter, brings you some of her exploits as a student and more

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